Red Velvet Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis)
Family: Labridae (Hogfish, Wrasses)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Depth: 130 to 165 ft. Size: 3.25 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Natural History: The Red Velvet Wrasse is found in small groups around caves and overhangs on deep reef slopes and walls. This is a benthic fish that will swim close to the rock and coral on the bottom. Males are spectacularly colored.
Husbandry: Male Red Velvet Wrasses are more aggressive toward other wrasses and only one male should be housed per aquarium. This species can adapt to a bright reef aquarium better if acclimated slowly to bright lights. This species generally acclimates quickly to aquarium life and eats most types of aquarium foods. Unless housed with others of its own kind or other aggressive tankmates, it will spend most of its time in the open, near the bottom.
AKA: Redscaled Fairy Wrasse
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